No matter who you are or what your health goals may be, you cannot go wrong when it comes to introducing smoothies or juices into your life. By drinking these potent beverages, you're literally changing your cells. You're providing your body with vital nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants in an easy-to-digest form. Everything about you will improve, including your sleep, your happiness, and the quality of your skin.
Here are 10 recipes to get you started!
1. Blueberry Smoothie
This is not only great for your health, but it's loaded with antioxidants, phytochemicals, and flavonoids, which are vital for cellular health and disease prevention.
Big handful frozen or fresh organic wild blueberries
1 Tbsp extra-virgin coconut oil
1 Tbsp hemp seeds
1 Tbsp chia seeds
Pinch of cinnamon
1 cup hemp milk, almond milk, oat milk, or coconut water as your base
2. Kidney Nourishing Smoothie
I call this the "flat tummy smoothie." Not only do cucumbers hydrate your body, but they're also fabulous for flushing out toxicity in your kidneys.
1⁄2 large cucumber, peeled and sliced
1 cup fresh/frozen blueberries
8 oz coconut water or unsweetened hemp/rice/almond milk
1-2 Tbs ground flax or chia seeds
Tbs raw organic honey or stevia to taste (optional)
3. Cranberry Lymph Flush Smoothie
Cranberry concentrate is a wonderful way to keep your bladder free of unwanted bacteria naturally. Bonus: cranberries are a great source of vitamin C.
1 cup of mixed berries
1⁄4 cup unsweetened Cranberry juice concentrate
1 cup coconut water or coconut milk/hemp/almond/rice milk
1 Tbs ground flax or chia seeds
1 teaspoon ginger
4. Pumpkin Pie
Looking for a savory treat? Want to eat pumpkin pie without the guilt? This one's for you!
3⁄4 cup pureed pumpkin
1⁄3 cup coconut/hemp/almond/rice milk
1 Tbs ground flax or chia seeds
1⁄4 cup coconut water
2 tsp raw, organic honey or stevia
2 tsp cinnamon
1⁄2 tsp nutmeg
1⁄2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
5. Blackberry-Cinnamon Smoothie
Blackberries a fabulous source of Vitamin K, which is essential for absorbing calcium and bone growth. (And it tastes so good!)
1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
1 cup coconut water or unsweetened almond/coconut/hemp/rice milk
1Tbs ground flax or chia seeds
1⁄8 tsp cinnamon
1 handful of spinach
Splash of vanilla extract
Tbs raw, organic honey or stevia to taste (optional)
6. The Green Monster
Drinking this green juice will alkalize your body and leave you feeling fabulous. Even better, it contains parsley, which is loaded with Vitamin C and iron, which can be difficult for many vegan or vegetarians to get enough iron.
1 and 1⁄2 cups coconut water
1 handful kale
1 handful spinach
5 stalks celery
1 apple, cored and chopped
Juice from 1 lemon
1⁄2 bunch parsley
Note: add the coconut water at the end to your juice.
7. Delicious Detox
This is a great drink for juicing newbies because the carrots add enough sweetness to make you feel like you're not even drinking a green juice.
3 stalks celery
1⁄2 bunch kale
1⁄2 bunch parsley
1⁄2 bunch cilantro
1 lemon squeezed
8. Cleanse Your Blood Juice
Beets are known to cleanse the blood and colon. By doing so, you're supporting and strengthening your liver and gallbladder.
1 medium beet
1 large apple
1 cup fresh kale leaves
9. Simple + Sweet Green Flush
This is great for anyone with digestive issues, because the apple aids in digestion and improves bowel function. It's a fun and easy treat for juicers at all levels.
1 green apple
1⁄2 inch fresh ginger
1 lemon, peeled
1 cup kale or spinach
10. Carrot + Apple
Looking to reduce water retention? This one's for you, as carrots help to eliminate excess water from the body! This is perfect for anyone who is feeling bloated and wants to flush!
2 inch knob of ginger
1 cup of parsley
dash of cayenne pepper >>>if you like sweeter juice add some watermelon, cantaloupe, or honey dew<<< Directions ::
Peel cucumbers, remove skin
from lime, and turn on juicer. Juice parsley, ginger, lime, and
cucumbers. Pour over ice and add a dash of cayenne pepper, or more to
Grilled Chicken Wings with Maple Barbecue Sauce
by our friend JansSushiBar
From Jan at http://www.janssushibar.com/!
Melt the lard in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion
and sauté until tender, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute.
Add tomato sauce, maple syrup, soy sauce and red pepper flakes; bring
just to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until sauce thickens
slightly, about 20 minutes. Stir in the vinegar; season sauce to taste
with salt and pepper. Reserve about 3/4 of a cup for the chicken wings,
and store the rest in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a
While the sauce is simmering, prepare and heat your grill, depending
on type – if using charcoal, make sure you have a bed of hot coals,
covered in ash, spread evenly beneath the grate. Raise the grate to
between 4 and 6 inches above the coals/heat.
Rinse the chicken wings and dry then with a paper towel. Pla…